Mandatory Annual Report Descriptions of Business Model and Strategy, Investor Uncertainty, and Disclosure Cascade Effects
81 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2018 Last revised: 7 Feb 2022
Date Written: February 6, 2022
Policymakers view commentary on business model and strategy (BMS) as a central pillar of effective corporate reporting. We examine the impact of mandatory annual report BMS disclosure on two aspects of firms’ information environment: investor uncertainty and provision of (voluntary) BMS-related content in timelier communication channels. We use for identification the UK Corporate Governance Code 2010 de facto BMS reporting mandate for a subset of London Stock Exchange firms. We confirm that BMS disclosure increased in response to the mandate. In response, we predict and find a material treatment period decline in investor uncertainty, together with increases in investor presentations and BMS-related disclosure in earnings press releases. A structural model reveals that earnings releases and investor presentations mediate the link from annual report BMS disclosures to lower investor uncertainty.
Keywords: Strategy, Annual Report Narratives, Textual Analysis, Information Asymmetry
JEL Classification: M41, M21, D89
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